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State Senate votes to remove cap on public charter schools

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Following years of inaction by the former Democratic majority, the Senate tentatively passed SB 8 today with bipartisan support. In addition to removing the 15-year-old cap, it creates a North Carolina Public Charter Schools Commission to review applications for new schools, grant and revoke charters based on school performance, and provide general oversight for charter schools. Full story...
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Senate panel disagrees with Perdue on estate tax

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A key North Carolina Senate committee has declined to follow a recommendation from Gov. Beverly Perdue's budget proposal that would have generated an extra $80 million next year in estate taxes. Full story...
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Charter school bill returning to NC Senate floor

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A rewrite of North Carolina's charter school law headed for a floor vote in the legislature incorporates a Republican promise during the campaign - ending the current 100-school cap. Full story...
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Senate delays vote on NC charter school changes

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A proposal to give North Carolina charter schools new freedom from the state's public school system is being delayed. Full story...
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NC Senate starts hearings on malpractice lawsuits

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North Carolina lawmakers are starting what promises to be a long fight over medical malpractice laws as insurance and medical services companies square off against law firms. Full story...
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Fake pot bill passes NC Senate, now on to House

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The North Carolina Senate has unanimously approved a bill to outlaw small packets of herbal incense that pack the mind-altering effects of marijuana, but also carry health risks. Full story...
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NC lawmakers discuss federal health care law

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Democrats in the North Carolina Senate are asking why the state should spend anything in these grave financial times to join a court challenge of the federal health care overhaul. Full story...
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Area Republicans look to stop forced annexation

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videoFor years the City of Wilmington has used forced annexation as a way to grow. The city has plans to annex more land outside its borders, but bills in the legislature may get in the way. Full story...
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Three defeated Dems sue over campaign ads

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Three former state Senate Democrats are suing their successful opponents and the Republican Party over campaign ads. Full story...
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Lawmakers ready to debate money-saving plan

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Senate Republicans are demanding that Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's administration turn in some money it uses to lure companies to build or expand in North Carolina so it can help close next year's budget. Full story...
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NC Senate panel to debate charter school cap bill

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A bill seeking elimination of North Carolina's 100-school limit on charter schools is getting its first debate in the General Assembly. Full story...
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Goolsby takes Senate oath

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Thom Goolsby replaces Democrat Julia Boseman, who decided last year not to seek reelection. Full story...
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Basnight leaving NC Senate for health reasons

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North Carolina's most powerful state senator for the past 18 years is resigning from the chamber, rather than remaining in the Senate for one more term as he previously announced. Full story...
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Onslow's Brown to run Senate Commerce Committee

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North Carolina Senate Republicans continue to fill committee leadership posts for the new legislative session next month. Full story...
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Rucho gets nod as NC Senate redistricting chairman

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A Mecklenburg County senator is the choice of Republicans to lead the North Carolina Senate's efforts to draw new legislative and congressional districts in 2011. Full story...
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